01.12.2016 | Words by: Mathis Neuhaus.
Let’s face it: our attention span has seen better times. Over the last years it did not extend. Rather, the opposite is the case. While reading a text on the Internet, the eyes drift off to other open tabs in the browser, a movie is paused to quickly check new emails and messages and a book is almost always competing with some screen that glows nearby. It is rare that we focus on anything as extensive as we used to in the pre-smartphone and -internet days. A development in society as a whole that calls for updated strategies and approaches.
The program The One Minutes Foundation is pursuing does exactly that: embrace brevity and consequently present a broad range of video works that are condensed down to exactly 60 seconds. After visiting Het Kunstlokaal in September, the one-minute series concept will return in Café DS where they'll be showing new curations by different artists every month.
The selection of videos in December was overseen by Xue Mu (1979 Nanjing, CN) a visual artist who is based in Amsterdam. Entitled IN.NO.SENSE, a made-up homonym for the word innocence, the shown works explore the limbo in between nothingness and significance. And they do this in (aligned with the current exhibitions in the other parts of the building) a broad range of visual manifestations. Animation, short narratives, found footage: it’s all there. With a strict time limit as a significant difference though.
Xue Mu received a BFA from Gerrit Rietveld Academie and a MFA from DAI (Dutch Art Institute) and held a residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in 2011 and 2012. Her works reflect on the meaning of today’s existence amidst the ideological confusion and identity struggle in the present time of globalization. Critical social events inspire her work and her picks for The One Minutes Foundation reflect this. In both, the initial situation of The One Minutes Foundation as an underlying meta level as depicted in this text’s introduction and the selected works themselves that contemplate and comment on various current human conditions.
The video works can be visited every day during the opening hours of Café DS.
Monday 08.00 - 18.00
Tuesday - Friday 08.00 - 22.00
Saturday 10.00 - 23.00
Sunday 10.00 - 18.00